“Above normal” 2020 Atlantic hurricane season on tap, researchers forecast – CBS News

As the world battles the coronavirus crisis, researchers are warning of a potentially active Atlantic Ocean hurricane season, which kicks off June 1 through the end of November.

Specifically, the team forecasts 16 named tropical systems; 12 is the average. Eight of those named systems are forecast to reach hurricane status, with winds greater than 74 mph; Six is the usual amount per year. CSU is also forecasting more major hurricanes than is typical per year: four as opposed to the average of 2.7.

At least eight of the 16 named tropical storms that are forecast will reach hurricane status with winds greater than 74 mph, according to Colorado State University.

Source: “Above normal” 2020 Atlantic hurricane season on tap, researchers forecast – CBS News

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Here’s why global stocks are plunging despite the ‘big bazookas’ from central banks around the world | Markets Insider

  • Global stocks plunged on Monday morning, despite a decision from the Federal Reserve to cut rates by 100 basis points on Sunday night.
  • Markets seem to be ignoring the global coordinated response from central banks as sell-off deepens.
  • On Sunday night, the Fed slashed its benchmark interest rate by 100 basis points to near zero. The Fed’s key rate is now 0% to 0.25%, matching the record low it was last at in 2015. The Fed also announced it will increase its bond holding by $700 billion. 

Source: Here’s why global stocks are plunging despite the ‘big bazookas’ from central banks around the world | Markets Insider

Nashville tornado leaves at least 24 dead as severe weather strikes Tennessee | Fox News

powerful storm system produced at least two tornadoes that struck central Tennessee early on Tuesday morning, including one that caused significant damage near downtown Nashville and killed at least 24 people as crews spent hours pulling survivors and bodies from wrecked buildings.

The tornado near downtown Nashville lit up the night sky with flashes of light as transformers blew and the storm reportedly stayed on the ground into Hermitage, about 10 miles east of the city.

“They need your prayers in Nashville, Tennessee,” Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean said on “Fox & Friends.” “This was an overnight, rain-wrapped tornado while people were sleeping and now they are waking up to extreme destruction, devastation and deaths in the Nashville area.”

Source: Nashville tornado leaves at least 24 dead as severe weather strikes Tennessee | Fox News

Person dies from coronavirus in Washington state, first in the US, health officials say | Fox News

Health officials in Washington confirmed Saturday that one person has died from coronavirus, marking the first disease-related death in the U.S.

Seattle and King County Public Health officials issued a vague media advisory announcing the first COVID-19 death in the U.S., adding that there was an undisclosed number of new cases, as well.

TRUMP ASSURES NATION AFTER 1ST AMERICAN CORONAVIRUS DEATH: ‘NO REASON TO PANIC’

News of the death comes on the heels of three new cases in California, Oregon and Washington in which the patients were infected by unknown means. They had not recently traveled overseas or had come into contact with anyone who had.

Source: Person dies from coronavirus in Washington state, first in the US, health officials say | Fox News

MacDill Air Force Base in Florida was briefly under lockdown over concerns of a suspect nearby – CNN

(CNN)Florida’s MacDill Air Force Base was briefly locked down Friday morning over concerns about an armed person outside it, officials said.

The base just south of Tampa was locked down around 7 a.m. ET after police reported that an armed and dangerous suspect was near the Tanker Way gate, base spokesman Terry Montrose said.
By 8 a.m., the lockdown was lifted and all of the base’s gates except for the one at Tanker Way were opened, base officials said.
“There were no shots fired on MacDill and no injuries to MacDill employees,” Montrose said.
Details about the suspect weren’t immediately available.
Earlier, US Special Operations Command spokesman Phillip Chitty said the lockdown came amid reports of a shooter and that commands on base were told it wasn’t a drill.

Source: MacDill Air Force Base in Florida was briefly under lockdown over concerns of a suspect nearby – CNN

UCLA researchers say there is a way to predict who will become homeless | TribLIVE.com

LOS ANGELES — With the ranks of homeless people growing faster than housing is being built, one of the most popular strategies for reducing homelessness has become to simply keep people in their homes.

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Homeless encampment in LA

In theory, a small infusion of cash, counseling or legal aid could be the difference that prevents someone from ending up on the street. But reality isn’t so simple.

Of the tens of thousands of people who are on the brink of losing their homes every year in California and across the country, only a tiny fraction do.

“Only 1 in 10 people who seem like they are going to become homeless — actually become homeless,” said Phil Ansell, director of Los Angeles County’s Homeless Initiative.

Source: UCLA researchers say there is a way to predict who will become homeless | TribLIVE.com

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Receiver Terrelle Pryor in critical condition after stabbing

Ex-Jets wide receiver Terrelle Pryor was seriously injured in a stabbing attack in his luxe apartment complex in Pittsburgh, reports said.Pryor, 30, was stabbed in the chest and shoulder sometime

Source: Receiver Terrelle Pryor in critical condition after stabbing

Thanksgiving weather: Three big storms could snarl your travel next week – CNN

(CNN)According to AAA, 55 million people are expected to take to the roads, rails and skies during Thanksgiving week. But three big storms could slow your roll to grandma’s house. Do keep in mind that Thanksgiving is a week away, and the forecast can change. But as of now, here’s an early look at what you can expect.

A Storm will lash the East this weekend

  • Friday, showers and storms stretch through East Texas, Louisiana and much of the Southeast. There could be airport delays in Houston, Memphis and Jackson, with 1 to 2 inches of rain possible.
  • Saturday, rain continues to push east, bringing rain and snow to the Ohio Valley and heavy rain to the Southeast. By the afternoon, rain starts moving into the mid-Atlantic. There could be airport delays in New Orleans, Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte, DC and Philadelphia. Rain of 1 to 2 inches is possible.
  • Sunday, rain continues for the Northeast with snow for portions of the Ohio Valley and west of I-95. Airport delays will include DC, Philadelphia, New York and Boston. Rain of 1 to 2 inches is possible with gusty winds.

Source: Thanksgiving weather: Three big storms could snarl your travel next week – CNN

AR-15 rifle, ammunition seized, student arrested for threat of mass shooting at South LA middle school | abc7.com

SOUTH LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Sheriff’s investigators have arrested a 13-year-old boy after responding to a call of a threat to shoot staff members and fellow students at Ánimo Mae Jemison Charter Middle School in South Los Angeles, authorities announced Friday.

According to Undersheriff Tim Murakami, deputies from the Los Angeles County sheriff’s Century station initiated the investigation, which led to a search warrant and the seizure of a AR-15 rifle, a large cache of ammunition and “a list of intended victims and a drawing of the school layout.”

At a morning news conference, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said several students notified teachers after overhearing a threat that a shooting would take place at the campus on Friday.

Source: AR-15 rifle, ammunition seized, student arrested for threat of mass shooting at South LA middle school | abc7.com

Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma: 2 killed in aircraft mishap, Oklahoma Air Force base says today – CBS News

Two airmen were killed Thursday in an accident involving two jets at an Air Force base in northwestern Oklahoma, military officials said. Vance Air Force Base said in a statement that two T-38 Talons, each with two people aboard, were taking part in a training mission when the mishap occurred shortly after 9 a.m.

Source: Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma: 2 killed in aircraft mishap, Oklahoma Air Force base says today – CBS News

New England Nor’easter Storm Shuts Power Off For Hundreds Of Thousands : NPR

A powerful nor’easter storm is pummeling the New England area with heavy rain, strong winds and floods, knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of people in several states Thursday morning.

The National Weather Service warns that winds from the storm may down trees and power lines and cause power outages. And the agency says people affected by the storm should secure loose outdoor items and be cautious when using portable generators.

In Maine, about 157,000 customers were without power as of 3:00 p.m. local time, according to Central Maine Power. Another state power provider reports an additional 29,000 power outages.

Source: New England Nor’easter Storm Shuts Power Off For Hundreds Of Thousands : NPR

Extreme heat dominates over eastern half of United States – The Washington Post

It’s another steamy summer day across the eastern half of the United States. The only problem? It’s October.

Temperatures are peaking on Wednesday during an extended stretch of high heat and humidity east of the Mississippi River. The mercury is soaring well into the 90s from the nation’s capital to Florida to Texas, and just about everywhere in between. Wednesday looks to be the hottest day before the heat settles south of Interstate 20 by Friday and into the weekend.

As of 2:08 p.m., the District of Columbia had broken its all-time monthly high temperature record with a temperature of 98 degrees, easily beating the old record of 96 degrees set on Oct. 5, 1941.

Source: Extreme heat dominates over eastern half of United States – The Washington Post

Elon Musk reveals SpaceX’s stainless steel Starship rocket – TechSpot

What just happened? On Saturday at the Boca Chica Beach, Texas, Elon Musk showed off the first shiny steel prototype of SpaceX’s deep-space bound ‘Starship’ rocket, just a few moments after the company’s employees had finished assembling it. Musk gave a presentation on “the most powerful rocket in history” and discussed Starship’s stainless steel design as it stood next to the Falcon 1, the company’s first rocket that made it to orbit eleven years ago.

Earlier this month, SpaceX confirmed plans to begin testing its orbital-class ‘Starship’ rocket whose first prototype was completed over the weekend. A 200-ton, 165 ft-tall stainless steel rocket that will use three of SpaceX’s next-gen Raptor engines to test out its flight capabilities through a series of propulsive landing tests.

Source: Elon Musk reveals SpaceX’s stainless steel Starship rocket – TechSpot

WATCH LIVE: Acting intel director Joseph Maguire testifies on Trump whistleblower complaint – YouTube

 

Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire appearing before the House Intelligence Committee facing lawmakers’ questions about his handling of a whistleblower complaint that relates to a phone call between President Donald Trump and the president of Ukraine. Lawmakers reportedly received a copy of the complaint Wednesday afternoon after Democrats criticized the White House and the Department of Justice for blocking them from seeing the document. Trump has denied any impropriety, saying he did not pressure Ukraine’s president. Notes from the call indicate he did ask Ukraine to investigate former vice president and 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

Verizon is down for the second time in less than a week | Android Central

On Monday, September 23, Verizon subscribers reported service issues with the wireless service. Taking a look at Down Detector and Twitter, there are complaints about data not working, Verizon’s website being down for some people, and new phone activations not working..

Source: Verizon is down for the second time in less than a week | Android Central

6 people shot in downtown Indy | FOX59

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Six people were shot in downtown Indianapolis late Saturday night.

The Indianapolis Metro Police Department has confirmed that it’s investigating a shooting that occurred on the 100 block of West Maryland Street.

IMPD officers in the area of Illinois and Maryland Streets heard gunshots coming from nearby at approximately 11:20 p.m.

Officers were able to find 6 victims at multiple locations near the Steak N Shake restaurant on Maryland Street.

Source: 6 people shot in downtown Indy | FOX59

Storm Area 51 fans set up camp in the Nevada desert – YouTube

Area 51, secret U.S. Air Force military installation located at Groom Lake in southern Nevada. It is administered by Edwards Air Force Base in southern California. The installation has been the focus of numerous conspiracies involving extraterrestrial life, though its only confirmed use is as a flight testing facility.

Source: Britannica.com

Labor unions are pushing for a four-day workweek – Vox

Americans once worked 100 hours a week, six days in a row. Then, in 1940, came the five-day workweek.

Now labor unions are making the case for even less work: dropping days worked down to four.

That’s one of the changes unions are proposing as part of their vision for the future of work, which is outlined in a report to be released Friday by the AFL-CIO, the largest federation of labor unions in the US. (Disclosure: I am a member of the Writers Guild of America East, which is part of the AFL-CIO.) The report, which was shared in advance with Vox, focuses on finding ways to make sure workers can best benefit from automation and other technological changes.

As technology makes workers more productive, unions argue, why not give them three-day weekends? Not 40 hours compressed into four days. Labor unions are proposing a 32-hour workweek, with employees earning no less than they did before.

Source: Labor unions are pushing for a four-day workweek – Vox

WALMART AMMUNITION SALES: Walmart to stop selling handgun ammunition | WPXI

NEW YORK (AP) – Walmart says it will discontinue the sale of handgun ammunition and also publicly request that customers refrain from openly carrying firearms in stores even where state laws allow it.

The announcement comes just days after a mass shooting claimed seven lives in Odessa, Texas and follows two other back-to-back shootings last month, one of them at a Walmart store.

The Bentonville, Arkansas-based discounter said Tuesday it will stop selling short-barrel and handgun ammunition after it runs out of its current inventory. It will also discontinue handgun sales in Alaska, marking its complete exit from handguns and allowing it to focus on hunting rifles and related ammunition only.

Source: WALMART AMMUNITION SALES: Walmart to stop selling handgun ammunition | WPXI

Mass shootings in America claimed 51 victims in August alone | The Independent

The month of August ended as it began: with a shooting rampage and a significant death toll.

Five people were killed near Odessa, Texas, on Saturday as a gunman started shooting indiscriminately at cars, bringing the number of victims of mass killings by firearms to 51 for the month.

The term mass killings is defined by the Justice Department as three or more killings in a single episode, excluding the death of a gunman.

There is no legal definition for the term mass shooting, despite its frequent use by gun control groups and the news media.

This month’s loss of life was most acute in Texas, where four of the eight deadliest shootings occurred, including an August 3 massacre at a Walmart in El Paso that killed 22 people.

Source: Mass shootings in America claimed 51 victims in August alone | The Independent